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Welcome to Year 1.

Welcome to Year 1 


Our Learning

Here’s what’s happening in Year One this term:


  Our topic this term for Year 1 is Toys. A main focus of this topic will be history where we will be thinking about toys from the past up to now. Our trip to Abbey House Museum will support this learning where we will look at toys from the past first hand. This topic will also include a science focus of learning about everyday materials (e.g. wood, plastic, metal, etc.) and the properties of these materials including investigating these properties (e.g. waterproof, flexibility).

    In geography we will be learning about the four countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities and use maps, atlases and globes. Our art sessions will focus on texture and pattern linking to our science learning around materials.

    In DT we will apply our science learning about materials to make items for a toy e.g. chair or shelter for a teddy. Our computing sessions will involve collecting images of toys (from the past and modern) using the internet. We will also be using programmable toys (e.g. BeeBots) to follow a given route.

   In RE we will be thinking about how and why we care for others and continuing to think about our Year 1 value of Kindness. In PSHCE we continue to learn how to use the Zones of Regulation and we will be using the Leeds NHS Mindmate materials particularly looking at recognising emotions and feelings; healthy relationships with friends and celebrating what makes us special, unique and different. In music we will be exploring pitch and rhythm and learning about different styles of music.

    Our PE sessions will begin with a focus on dance on the theme of toys and will also include gymnastics, multi-skills and games. In English we will be continuing to use the FFT Success for All programme. We will also use our topic and stories as a stimulus for writing. This half term we will be particularly focussing on Lost in the Toy Museum by David Lucas and next half term we will be exploring traditional tales.

    In maths our learning will begin with looking at place value, addition and subtraction within 20 and progress to place value of numbers to 50. We will end the term with a focus on measurement of length and height followed by weight and volume.


     Each day the children will continue to be given the very valuable opportunity to follow their own interests with ‘area time’ in the areas of provision, exploring and learning for themselves. We know how important this time is for the children so will continue with this approach to the end of the year.




Many of our routines continue to be the same as for the Autumn term. We will continue to listen to children read each week, so please send your child’s book and reading record in each day in their book bag.


PE Kit – Please ensure your child has PE kit in a named bag to keep in school for the half term. PE kit is white or purple t-shirt, plain dark shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms and pumps or trainers.

Water bottles - We encourage children to have regular drinks of water during the day so please could you provide your child with a named water bottle that they take home and bring back each day with fresh water.


Milk - If you would like your child to have milk, please make sure you log onto Cool Milk Limited. If you have not registered previously, the office can give you more details.


Sound Books – Please make sure your child has their sound book with them on a Monday, so that we can update it each week.


How you can help


   Regular reading with your child is vital in Year 1. This should be a short session of about ten minutes at least three times per week to enable your child to practise their phonic skills and to recognise Red Words by sight. Please date and sign your child’s reading record so that we know they have read their home reading books.

It would also be great if you could help your child with their spelling of Red Words, starting with the ones from reception class (these are on the Red Word mat that has already been sent home. You will receive a separate homework leaflet with details about our big homework project this half term and ideas for other activities you can do together at home. Well done and thank you for the homework that was completed last term. It was lovely to see the things children had worked on at home.

Our Homework


At Shire Oak, we encourage creative, project-based homework to allow children to explore wider aspects of a topic and follow their own interests and ideas.


Homework Leaflet Autumn 1st half 2023

Homework Leaflet Autumn 2nd half 2023

Homework Leaflet Spring 1st half 2024 

Homework Leaflet Spring 2nd half 2024

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